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today. >> thank you, amina stacy is manager of communications for the los angeles giants. >> if you think about what our mission is, you probably think our mission is to win the world series every year, which hopefully this year we're on the right track, but actually our mission statement, we just went through an exercise but our mission statement has always been to enrich the community through innovation. and it's very, i am very proud of the fact that the giants have been able to take that mission and bring it into the community through really dynamic partnership with the experts in the field. about 14 years ago, tommy short, my friend in the audience, came to us with sheriff hennesy and asked us to take on a controversial topic of violence and it was 14 years ago we hosted stamp out violence today. we brought together victims of violence, offenders, community leaders working on this issue to raise awareness about the impact of violence in our community. at that time the message was violence is learned and can be unlearned. the thing that the giants have and the reason why we're
part. >> you mentioned changing social norms and i would imagine, stacy, part of that is powerful role models and so i think that that's a lot about the work that you are doing with the san francisco giants. so can you talk a bit about how you see the san francisco giants as being those role models and playing an active role and being upstanders? >> part of it is the role model stand point and using baseball as a hook to get people's attention. when we have a captive audience of 40,000 people plus a wide tell television and radio audience, we use that to get across the message about an issue. sometimes we get letters, hey, i came to see a game with my son and instead i'm hearing about a murder committee in yosemite and that's a downer of a way to start the day. sometimes that's a tough conversation with a fan but at least at the end of the day they've taken something away with them. also at the grass roots level we have a junior giants program, it's a youth baseball program throughout california. we use baseball as the hook to get kids to come together to learn about teamwork, we have
control legislation. that included roughly 100 from newtown, connecticut. among them, stacy mccoy blinn. her son was friends with chase kowalski, one of 20 first graders and six adults killed at sandy hook elementary school. >> we want to have safe schools, safe towns, safe cities, safe states, and a safe country. and if that means getting rid of the guns that means getting rid of the guns. >> axelrod: some supporters of gun rights say there's been a voice that's been muffled in this debate, if not missing altogether. the one belonging to female gun owners. here's nancy cordes. >> shooter, are you ready? >> yes. >> reporter: tina wilson-cohen teaches women how to shoot. and the idea of an assault weapons ban worries her. >> i'm very concerned and i think we are teetering on losing our rights. >> reporter: she says about 90% of her female clients buy guns to boost their confidence levels and for self-protection. >> we have females that are out there saying, "we need to ban guns," but we don't really have somebody at the table that represents women saying why we do need them. >> reporter:
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